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01.10.2014
| Anvis parent company completes change of name to Sumitomo Riko

The third birth

Steinau, 1 October 2014. The Tokai Rubber Industries change of name to Sumitomo Riko comes into force today. "The Sumitomo name is synonymous worldwide with innovation and quality," said Mitsuru Watanabe, Vice President of Sumitomo Riko. Tetsu Matsui, Senior Managing Executive Officer Director, regards the change of name as the "third birth of the company" since it was established in 1929: "The takeover of Anvis and DyTech last year marks the start of a new era." Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in vibration control components and anti-vibration systems and is keen to further consolidate this position. The group aims to increase its turnover from over €3.3 billion today to in excess of €7 billion by 2020. With 13 locations around the world and as a fully owned subsidiary of the company, the Anvis Group is contributing to this growth and plans to double current turnover to over €600 million. "As part of our global company development strategy, we are making huge investments in increasing capacities and modernising existing production sites," said Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group.

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1929 marked the birth of Sumitomo Riko. At the time, the company was known as Kamata Belt and initially specialised in the production of conveyor belts. In 1937, the name was changed to Tokai Rubber Industries. "This was the second birth of our company," said Tetsu Matsui. "We developed rubber products for industrial use as well as high pressure hoses."

Using its decades of experience in the processing and mixing of rubber, the company entered the automotive market with its anti-vibration systems in 1954. In the years that followed, it gradually built up its expertise in the decoupling of metal parts to reduce noise and vibration. The company also expanded into "ICT", "infrastructure", "living environment", "medicine/care and health" as well as "environment and energy".

"By taking over the Anvis Group and the Italian company DyTech fluid technologies in 2013, we took a decisive strategic step which essentially resulted in the third birth of the company," said Matsui. The change of name to Sumitomo Riko now completes this process. "The combination of words is made up of the globally known and trusted brand of the principal shareholder "Sumitomo" Electric Industries Ltd. and the Japanese word for physics, chemistry and technology "Riko", which reflects the core areas of the service portfolio."

Olaf Hahn too regards the name change as "the green light for expansion". For example, a new head office is currently being built in Steinau. "We are also increasing our global workforce and production capacities." The basis for this is the "Vision 2020" agreed on a group-wide basis. The aim of this is to further consolidate the company's position as the world market leader for anti-vibration systems and continuously optimise its production processes.

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Tokai is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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23.09.2014
| Anvis at the Innotrans 2014

Fast track to the future

Steinau, 23 September 2014. Anvis, the specialist in anti-vibration systems, will take part in the leading international trade fair for transport Innotrans in Berlin from 23 to 26 September. This will be the first time that Anvis has appeared together with its parent company. "Together, we are becoming a leading force in the railway solutions sector," said Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group. At Stand 709 covering an area of 60 square metres in Hall 9, Sumitomo Riko (the new name for Tokai Rubber Industries from 1 October) and the Anvis subsidiary Anvis Industry will present numerous products for decoupling train undercarriages and carriages, thus making journeys quieter, safer and more comfortable. These include primary suspension systems such as springs and housings, shock absorbers and stabilisers or secondary suspension systems such as air suspensions. "We hope to achieve significant growth in years to come through the wealth of experience of both companies, especially in the high speed sector," explained Shigehiro Shibayama, General Manager of the Industrial Products and Materials Engineering Department in Sumitomo Riko. Like two years ago, the organisers of the trade fair are expecting over 120,000 visitors from 140 countries who are looking to find out about railway technology, railway infrastructure, public transport, interiors and tunnel construction.

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The comprehensive range of products is used in high-speed and intercity trains, locomotives, underground railways and trams around the world. Sumitomo Riko manufactures a range of products including anti-vibration components for Japan's Shinkansen high-speed trains. Anvis Industry supplies components for the TGV and has been working closely with European and international railway manufacturers and operators for decades. With over 100 years' experience of working with elastomers and expansion joints, the company's anti-vibration systems are particularly efficient.

Geared up to global competition

Sumitomo Riko's takeover of the Anvis Group in 2013 has also resulted in significant synergy effects. "We can fall back on the products and know-how of the entire group and offer our customers comprehensive solutions which comply with the relevant national standards and certificates," said Ludovic DeTernay, CEO of Anvis Industry. For example, the parent company of Sumitomo Riko, Sumitomo Electric, contributes to the group's overall product portfolio through its comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge of air suspensions for secondary suspension systems. A worldwide sales and production structure has resulted in a "global provider that is competitive in all regions of the world".

What is more, bundling and synergies in the area of research and development not only guarantee high quality, state of the art solutions but also allow the group to come up with concepts for future mobility systems. "Anvis Industry is pursuing a strategy of further penetrating the European railway markets," said Olaf Hahn. Demand for Anvis components is great. After all, anti-vibration components and systems are used in all rail vehicles. Anvis Industry is not only a primary supplier for rail vehicles but also provides spare parts with the relevant maintenance systems for railway operators.

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (the new name for Tokai Rubber Industries from 1 October). Sumitomo is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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10.09.2014
| Anvis extends its site at Steinau

Large, bright and productive

Steinau, 2 September 2014. Anvis is continuing on its growth track with its new headquarters in Steinau. "We are extending capacity by a good 20 percent," explains Olaf Hahn, Managing Director of the Anvis Group, at today's symbolic turning of the sod to commence construction. The world leader in the area of vibration-related components and vibration systems is pursuing its ambitious goal to double the turnover of the Anvis Group by the year 2020, for which it requires greater amount of space. "As the mother company in the Group, we are fully committed to this long-term strategy," declares Mitsuru Watanabe, Vice President of Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI). Tetsu Matsui, Senior Managing Executive Officer Director TRI, likewise sees in the new development in Steinau "a significant step along the growth track." However, investment of this nature in the site is not only of key importance to the business. "Anvis is providing a considerable contribution for us here locally at the business location of Steinau," claims the mayor, Malte Jörg Uffeln. The city has already provided support for the excavation work and will also proactively accompany the new construction. Uffeln is delighted that new jobs are being created in his municipality with its favourable transport location on the A66 motorway.

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A three-storey administration building is to be constructed on a site of 2,650 square metres directly across from its previous location. "We are bursting at the seams and need more space," claims Hahn. There are currently 17 containers on the company site that have been provisionally converted to offices. "We aim to take on another 30 employees by the middle of the coming year," he says. The new building will then provide a modern working space for 125 employees from a total of 20 nations.

"The concept meets all requirements relating to architecture, energy efficiency, flexibility and economic viability," explains Carsten Hense, Member of the Board of Goldbeck Süd GmbH. The offices are generously designed and bright, enjoying full daylight that enters through large windows and glass doors. Free and open communication islands offer the opportunity to exchange information quickly and directly. The communication technology concept is also innovative. The building enables work completely free of paper. A specially constructed activity area allows the employees to actively plan their breaks and to relax.

Moreover, individual sensor-controlled workplace lighting, optimised acoustics and patented underfloor heating and cooling give rise to modern workplaces with a sense of well-being. The dining conditions are also altered for the employees due to the partially public company restaurant, which features an outdoor terrace and offers completely fresh meals every day. "We are satisfying all requirements to effectively cope with the challenges of the future," says Hahn.

When TRI took over full control of the Anvis Group in 2013, a vision was already being followed to further extend the leading role of the experts in antivibration systems. "We shall utilise global synergy effects, as well as expanding capacity and modernising to achieve our goals," Tetsu Matsui says in describing the clear declaration to further growth. "Together with the Italian company, Dytech, which was also taken over by TRI, we have an excellent portfolio, and not only in the automotive supplier sector."

Olaf Hahn regards the merging with the corporation and the associated "access to genuine innovations, such as controllable engine mounts" as a strategic advantage. "In Steinau we are also increasing opportunities through a modern development and test centre." The results and know-how obtained there are used to the benefit of the entire group in its 13 sites throughout the globe.

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Tokai Rubber Industries (to be called Sumitomo Riko Company Limited from 1 October 2014). Tokai is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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27.08.2014
| ANVIS Russia at Interauto 2014 in Moscow

Doing well in difficult market conditions

Togliatti, August 28, 2014. Despite persistently difficult market conditions, Anvis - the specialist in anti-vibration systems - continues to enjoy positive growth in Russia. It owes its success to focusing its strategy, entire production process and procurement of raw materials completely on local resources. In addition to furthering its own localisation activities and continuing to optimise operational processes, Anvis is also a member of the "Suppliers Cluster Russia" working group of VDA, in which OEM suppliers pool their know-how and market activities. With the takeover by Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI) in 2013, Anvis is now a world market leader for anti-vibration systems. So its know-how and technologies benefit the Russian market. Its portfolio has been extended to include Dytech in Italy, a further company in the TRI Group. Back in 2005, the Italian company formed the joint venture of Cisc Dyform together with Metall-Kabelnaya Produktsiay, and has since been manufacturing plastic fuel lines and lines for hydraulic power steering systems at its plant in Togliatti. At Interauto 2014 in Moscow, Anvis and Cisc Dyform are exhibiting their portfolio for the Russian market for the first time together. You can find them at Stand 737 in Hall 4.

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Since the company was founded in 2008 and production began in 2010, the Anvis plant in Togliatti has been manufacturing engine mounting systems, vibration dampers and chassis components offering world-class functions and quality. The Anvis Group boasts an impressive level of know-how, with over 100 years of experience in the rubber industry and expertise in the production of chassis components. Anvis Russia’s customers include the Russian manufacturers such as Avtovaz and GAZ.

Anvis Russia is well and truly established in the local community, currently employing nearly 100 people and generating turnover of around ten million euros. This turnover is generated exclusively through products which are manufactured and sold locally. In addition to producing components, Anvis Russia also operates its own development centre. The overall product development process is managed in Togliatti by the local product management team. By continuously improving production processes, Anvis Russia now enjoys the same levels of quality and productivity as established Anvis production sites. "We also invest in long-term training for our employees and a qualification programme for our suppliers," explains Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group. In order to ensure the level of quality which is typical within the Anvis Group, staff at the headquarters in Steinau near Frankfurt took part in a wide range of further training as well as on-the-job training sessions.

Suitable synergies

Through TRI, Anvis not only enjoys economies of scale, it also has access to global capacities in research and product development. "We profit from access to true innovations such as adaptive engine mounts," says Hahn happily. These synergies also help to enhance the products of Anvis Russia.

The portfolio is ideally being extended to include specialists in polyamide hose lines for the automotive industry. In an area covering 2,800 square metres, over 174 employees produce lines for hydraulic power steering systems and fuel line systems with the necessary technical characteristics to meet the requirements of the Euro 4 standard for customers such as GAZ, Renault and Avtovaz. The company in Togliatti is supported with the know-how and individual components from its Italian parent company, Dytech, which is the leading supplier of dynamic hose systems in the world.

Together in Moscow

Anvis Russia and Cisc Dyform have already been cooperating in the sales process, and will now work more closely together in other areas as well. For instance, they are exhibiting at Interauto together for the first time, presenting their range of products, maintaining and strengthening customer contacts, generating new contacts and meeting suppliers. As a central location for specialist networking, the Moscow trade fair centre plays an integral role in the PR work of Anvis Russia.

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Tokai Rubber Industries (to be called Sumitomo Riko Company Limited from 1 October 2014). Tokai is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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26.08.2014
| Anvis receives ILO "Systematic Safety" seal of approval

Exemplary occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety form an integral part of the working world. Anvis, the specialist in innovative solutions for driving dynamics and driver comfort, ensures exemplary protection of its workers through its systematic occupational safety and health management. This was demonstrated on 20 August 2014 in Steinau when it was awarded the ILO "Systematic Safety" seal of approval by the Professional Association of Raw Materials and Chemical Industry (BG RCI).

The criteria for being awarded such a seal of approval are demanding. The BG RCI checks whether the guidelines for occupational safety and health management systems issued by the occupational safety and health organisation of the United Nations ILO (International Labour Organisation) have been implemented. This standard is recognised globally and has flowed almost unaltered into the National Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (AMS) in Germany which aim to ensure effective leadership and working behaviour in the area of occupational safety and health.

"The most important criteria includes, for example, the incorporation of occupational safety and health into operational processes, the health of employees and employee satisfaction," explains Guillaume Legrand, Quality and HSE Director at the Anvis Group. The audit carried out by the BG RCI included examining details such as the classification of hazards in operational processes and resulting protective measures, the carrying out of regular inspections to ensure compliance with occupational health and safety measures, or the training of employees, particularly with regards to awareness of occupational health and safety as well as the necessary skills.

High priority

It is the expressed will of the company that employees are able do their work in a safe environment at Anvis. "The goal of these efforts is to cultivate an organization where risks to employees are systematically detected and eliminated so that accidents cannot happen in the first place," confirms Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group. "And this doesn't apply just to the company's headquarters in Germany, but to all sites worldwide." Hence the company is already operating according to the global quality standard in the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949 as well as the international standard ISO 14001 which defines globally recognised requirements for an environmental management system.

"The awarding of the seal of approval by the BG RCI shows us that we are on the right path when it comes to occupational health and safety management. That also spurs us on for the future," says Henry Gleichauf, HSE Manager. Among many other actions carried out, a specific example of occupational health and safety being implemented is the health day that the company has been running for several years now when employees can learn about topics such as nutrition, cross-training or back exercises.

"The focus for the near future is to strengthen and enhance operational processes and procedures in the company. They need to become not only more efficient, but also more employee-oriented." If this achieved, Guillaume Legrand feels the company will also be equipped to meet the growing requirements and demands of a modern working environment in the long term. "The development seen so far shows that we are doing things right."

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Tokai Rubber Industries (to be called Sumitomo Riko Company Limited from 1 October ). Tokai is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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03.07.2014
| Doubled production capacity

New production plant of Anvis Romania

Doubled production capacity

Steinau, 3rd July 2014. Today, Anvis ROM S.R.L. officially opens its new production plant at Industrial Park South. With this step, Anvis is   expanding the local production capacities of anti-vibration products for the automotive industry. So far, about 20 million pieces have been produced annually. “The increasing capacity meets the growing needs of our customers in the region”, Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group, explained. Anvis ROM supplies clients such as Renault Group, Audi, VW, Porsche and Daimler, who are more and more shifting their production to countries in Eastern Europe.

“With the new plant, we are consequently continuing the growth path, the company has started with the takeover by TRI (Sumitomo Riko from 1 October 2014) last year”, Olaf Hahn continued. In addition to the changing market conditions the new plant is also constructed according to the newest process and environmental standards, so that the Anvis Group is also contributing to sustainability. Above all, the company is involved in social projects and collaborates with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.

Anvis ROM started operating in 2003 with the same activities as today. The turnover in the past year amounts to nearly 32 million Euro. The new building was built in the period from June 2013 to April this year, which almost doubled the production area of 4,200 to 8,100 square meters. With more than 200 employees Anvis ranks among the main employers in Satu Mare. In the coming years another 100 jobs will be generated. Not least hence plant manager Florin Popovici welcomed today 80 well-known politicians and economists in the opening ceremony.

About the Anvis Group

The Anvis Group operates globally. Whether engines, transmission and chassis suspensions or exhaust mountings and vibration absorbers, Anvis parts are built into all types of car. Our main area is the development of anti-vibration systems - systems to isolate vibrating parts in vehicles. The Group generates sales of over €300 million at 13 locations worldwide. Clients include all the leading automotive manufacturers such as VW, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan, Audi, Porsche, MAN, ZF Sachs and many others. Anvis Group expertise also extends to other sectors such as the railway industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI). TRI is a worldwide market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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26.06.2014
| Anvis on course for growth

TRI becomes Sumitomo Riko

Anvis on course for growth

Steinau, 26 June 2014. The parent group of the German Anvis Group, one of the leading providers of vibration control components and anti-vibration systems, is getting a new name. In a meeting of the Board of Directors held on 19 June 2014, the Japanese company took the decision to change its name from Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI) to Sumitomo Riko as of 1 October of this year. "This step is part of our global strategic corporate development '2015 TRI Group Vision'", explains Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group. The plan is for the group to increase its turnover from over €3.3 billion today to in excess of €7 billion by 2020. With 13 locations around the world and as a full subsidiary of the company, the Anvis Group is contributing to this growth and aims to double current turnover to over €600 million.

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Following its takeover by TRI (Sumitomo Riko from 1 October 2014), the Anvis Group has become the global market leader in vibration control components and anti-vibration systems in the automotive sector. The now decided change in name of the parent group signals the next step towards growth. The combination of words is made up of the globally known and trusted brand of the principal shareholder "Sumitomo" Electric Industries Ltd. and the Japanese word for physics, chemistry and technology "Riko", which reflects the core areas of our service portfolio. The company focuses its efforts on "automotive", "ICT", "infrastructure", "living environment", "medicine/care and health" as well as "environment and energy".

Anvis is creating the right conditions for growth through a forward-looking investment strategy. In the same street as the headquarters in Steinau, for example, a new building complex for development and testing is being constructed which should be occupied in the coming year. "We are already in the process of hiring 25 new employees in order to handle the improved order situation", says Hahn of these developments. Following the plant expansion in Mexico, a new plant is opening in the Romanian city of Satu Mare at the end of June 2014. In addition, production capacities are to be increased at our sites in the Czech Republic and China.

TRI/Sumitomo: the perfect partner

"TRI is the perfect partner for us", Hahn continues. "The group is opening us and our customers up to a truly global network of expertise." This is creating synergies in the area of development, for example, and production capacities can be allocated where required. "We also profit from access to true innovations such as adjustable engine mounts", says Hahn happily.

Tokai Rubber Industries Ltd. was founded in 1929 and since then has become one of the global leaders in rubber technology. Using its experience in the production of rubber parts for industrial applications such as conveyor belts and high-pressure hoses, it successfully entered the automotive market with its anti-vibration systems in 1954. The company then went on to expand into industries such as infrastructure (railways and bridges, for example) and information and communication technologies (such as precision parts for office equipment).

TRI serves a wide range of customers. In addition to the automotive industry, it also supplies to steel producers, mechanical engineering companies and IT manufacturers. TRI has a global turnover of €2,519 billion (2011). The company employees almost 14,000 staff in total.

About the Anvis Group

Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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01.04.2014
| Strengthening technological competence

Anvis France Decize

Strengthening technological competence

Steinau, April 1, 2014. The Anvis Group is investing in the modernisation and expansion of its rubber mixing department as well as in the development and production company for chassis components in the plant in Decize, central France. Due to historical existing structural problems in the production of automotive components since the takeover of the former Michelin plant, the Anvis Group is shutting down the manufacture of vibration units. This strategic re-organisation is the foundation for continuing to be successful on the vibration unit market and applying resources optimally throughout the company. "In this way we will satisfy our client's demands for competitive prices and fast delivery", Olaf Hahn, CEO of the Anvis Group, explained. The production shift required the downsizing of 194 jobs. On the other hand, "re-orientation in Decize secures the jobs of 259 well-trained employees on location". The re-organisation in French Decize and thereby the preservation of the location was made possible thanks to the long-term investment strategy of Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI), which took over the Anvis Group completely in the past year.

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The Anvis Group supplies high-quality anti-vibration system to automotive manufacturers like, VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche or MAN, for example. The plant in Decize, central France was brought in 2000 from Michelin in a joint venture with the German automotive supplier Woco. The over 100 years experience in the rubber industry and expertise in the production of chassis parts are at the core of the Anvis Group's know-how. Production itself, however, had been deficient for a long time. Thus in the last four years significant losses were recorded, which the Anvis Group had to offset. Triggered by the weak automotive industry at the end of the last century, production capacities were gradually being transferred to Eastern Europe. This trend is continuing and the French automobile manufacturers are also no longer obtaining their vendor parts exclusively from within their own country.

In addition, the automotive industry is passing the cost pressure onto the suppliers. "Whoever wants to keep up in global competition has to provide competitive prices", Olaf Hahn explained. Production structures like those in Decize do not enable manufacturers to achieve the required prices. "Changing market conditions as well as the unsustainable long-term losses in Decize have prompted us to make the strategic decision to transfer the production", Olaf Hahn continued. Because European Anvis clients meanwhile manufacture mainly in Eastern Europe, the construction of a new plant in Romania was a step towards optimisation of the supply chain and resource allocation. The proximity to clients reduces delivery times and costs. The new plant is also constructed according to the newest process and environmental standards, so that the Anvis Group is also contributing to sustainability.

Upgrading the location in France

The decades of experience gathered in Decize remain elementary for Anvis. That is why the company invested about 44 million Euros in the development and production of rubber mixtures as well as vibration-related industrial applications. In this way a modern development centre is being established, which is globally strengthening the technological competence of the Anvis Group and contributing to the company's successful growth rate.

Additional qualified employees are currently being sought after for existing departments in Decize. However, staff reduction in the production of automotive components is unavoidable. "We are aware of the consequences for the affected employees. That is why we have developed an extensive social plan", says Laurent Ragueneau, CEO of Anvis France Decize. At first, measures to optimise working hours and internal restructuring were attempted in order to limit the number of lay offs. The social plan contains generous compensations, counselling and support in finding new employment as well as funds for further education and re-training measures for the remaining 194 affected employees.

About the Anvis Group

The Anvis Group is active worldwide. Whether in the motor, transmission and chassis suspension or exhaust mountings and vibration absorbers - Anvis parts are built into the entire car. The main sector is the development of anti-vibration systems; systems to isolate vibrating parts in vehicles. The Group generates sales of over 300 million Euros at 13 locations worldwide. Clients include all leading automotive manufactures like VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, MAN and many others. The company's competence also flows into other sectors, like the railway and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over 100% by Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI). TRI is a worldwide market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.

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28.05.2013
| Acceleration of global expansion and access to foreign OEMs

Acceleration of global expansion  and access to foreign OEMs 

Steinau, May 28th, 2013. Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (“TRI”) acquires the entire share capital of Anvis Group GmbH ("Anvis Group"). After the completion of the procedures required by the European Commission and other relevant authorities the acquisition has now been completed by TRI acquiring 100% of the shares in Anvis Group. 

Anvis Group is a leading Germany-based manufacturer of automotive Anti-Vibration Systems (“AVS”). The group primarily works together with European automobile manufacturers which are supplied with components worldwide. Europe is one of the largest automotive markets globally and major OEMs (including major customers of TRI) have manufacturing footprints in Europe. TRI already has a manufacturing subsidiary in Poland from which it supplies AVS products to its Japanese customer base in Europe.

Leveraging on Anvis Group’s manufacturing footprint in Europe, NAFTA, Russia and China and relying on its strong relationships with European OEMs, TRI aims to accelerate the global supply to Japanese clients and to expand its foreign customer’s base, both targets TRI committed to under its mid-term management plan ("2015 TRI Group Vision"). In December 2012, TRI already established a joint venture with Anvis Group in Mexico. 

By joining forces with Anvis Group and its management team in combination with its complementary geographical footprint and over 200 patents, TRI can further expand its European customer base and reinforce the development and manufacturing capabilities of anti-vibration systems for small to mid-sized vehicles. In addition, TRI acquired Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies S.p.A., an Italy based manufacturer of automotive hoses in February this year.

 

About Anvis

Anvis is a globally active automotive supplier of innovative solutions for driving dynamics, comfort and road safety. The Group offers a broad product range, including chassis components, engine mount sysetms, exhaust system hangers as well as decoupling elements and mass dampers. Furthermore, Anvis generates approximately 10% of its turnover with industrial customers.

Anvis has 13 sites worldwide and has reached sales of more than € 300 million. Customers in the automotive segment include leading OEMs such as VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, MAN, GM, Renault, PSA and many more. The industrial sector caters to customers in the railway and aerospace industries, as well as to a broad range of companies from other industrial sectors.

 

About Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI)

Japan based company Tokai Rubber Industries Ltd. was founded in 1929. Since then TRI developed to a world leading company in rubber technology.The company develops and manufactures components including anti-vibration rubber and hoses, IT-related components and a range of industrial products. Customers are automotive manufacturers and companies from a range of industries including steel, machinery, and IT equipment.

Annual sales of TRI reached 2 billion Euros in FY 2012. The company employs almost 18,000 people worldwide.

 

Publisher:
ANVIS Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com
 

Press contact:
Iris Korthals
phone: +49 6663 9128-340
fax: +49 6663 9128-4340
e-Mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

29.01.2013
| TRI acquires Anvis Group GmbH

Acceleration of global expansion  and access to foreign OEMs 

Steinau, January 29th, 2013. Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. acquires the entire share capital of Anvis Group GmbH ("Anvis Group"). Anvis Group is a leading Germany-based manufacturer of automotive Anti-Vibration Systems (“AVS”) predominantly serving European OEMs on a global basis. Europe is one of the largest automotive markets globally and major OEMs (including major customers of TRI) have a manufacturing footprint in Europe. TRI already has a manufacturing subsidiary in Poland from which it supplies AVS products to its Japanese customer base in Europe.

Leveraging on Anvis Group’s manufacturing footprint in Europe, NAFTA, Russia and China and relying on its strong relationships with European OEMs, TRI aims to accelerate the global supply to Japanese clients and to expand its foreign customer’s base, both targets TRI committed to under its mid-term management plan ("2015 TRI Group Vision"). In December 2012, TRI already established a joint venture with Anvis Group in Mexico.

By joining forces with Anvis Group and its management team in combination with its complementary geographical footprint and over 200 patents, TRI can further expand its European customer base and reinforce the development and manufacturing capabilities of anti-vibration systems for small to mid-sized vehicles. In addition, TRI has recently announced the acquisition of Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies S.p.A., an Italy based manufacturer of automotive hoses. TRI aims to further strengthen its complementary network on the global basis and is committed to provide the quality products expeditiously to its global customer base. The share purchase agreement was signed on January 28, 2013. The closing of the transaction is conditional upon merger control clearance.

 

About Anvis

Anvis is a globally active automotive supplier of innovative solutions for driving dynamics, comfort and road safety. The Group offers a broad product range, including chassis components, engine mount sysetms, exhaust system hangers as well as decoupling elements and mass dampers. Furthermore, Anvis generates approximately 10% of its turnover with industrial customers.

Anvis has 13 sites worldwide and has reached sales of more than € 300 million. Customers in the automotive segment include leading OEMs such as VW, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, MAN, GM, Renault, PSA and many more. The industrial sector caters to customers in the railway and aerospace industries, as well as to a broad range of companies from other industrial sectors.

 

About Tokai Rubber Industries (TRI)

Japan based company Tokai Rubber Industries Ltd. was founded in 1929. Since then TRI developed to a world leading company in rubber technology.The company develops and manufactures components including anti-vibration rubber and hoses, IT-related components and a range of industrial products. Customers are automotive manufacturers and companies from a range of industries including steel, machinery, and IT equipment.

Annual sales of TRI reached 2 billion Euros in FY 2012. The company employs almost 18,000 people worldwide.

 

Publisher:
ANVIS Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com
 

Press contact:
Iris Korthals
phone: +49 6663 9128-340
fax: +49 6663 9128-4340
e-Mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

 

 

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